Satellite Internet 'Starlink' becomes available in Ukraine in no time at the direction of Elon Musk

by Tim Reckmann

Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, raising concerns that the telecommunications infrastructure within Ukraine will become unusable. Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk have announced that SpaceX's satellite Internet service 'Starlink', which is available only in some regions, will be launched in Ukraine and will send connected terminals to that country.

Elon Musk Says SpaceX Starlink Satellite Internet Is Active in Ukraine

Mikhailo Fedorov, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine, told Mask CEO on Twitter: 'Russia is trying to rule Ukraine while you are trying to colonize Mars. Russian missiles are attacking Ukrainian citizens while trying to land a rocket from space. Please provide Ukraine with a Starlink station and call on decent Russians to stand up. '

Approximately 10 hours after Fedorov's tweet, CEO Musk replied, 'Starlink's service is now available in Ukraine. The device is also shipping.'

Starlink is an internet service that SpaceX has built over the past few years, providing an internet connection environment around the world with more than 4000 artificial satellites. Starlink can use the Internet at a speed close to that of fixed broadband even in areas where the Internet line is not physically available.

Starlink's satellite broadband is demonstrating overwhelming performance of rivals-GIGAZINE

Users can connect to Starlink by connecting a small satellite antenna, such as a small table. Starlink has not been officially provided at the time of writing the article, USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, New Zealand, Australia, France, Austria, Netherlands, Belgium, Ireland, Denmark, Chile, Portugal, Switzerland, Poland, Italy, Mexico. Beta version is available at.

Satellite Internet 'Starlink' announces new antenna that is more than 40% lighter --GIGAZINE

Starlink requires a power source for the antenna, but it does not depend on the traditional communication infrastructure and is not physically cut off. Therefore, it is highly resistant to censorship, cyber attacks, and bombing of ground facilities, and is very useful in Ukraine, which was invaded by Russia at the time of writing the article.

In Russia, internet connection is strongly regulated by law, and it is reported that the use of Starlink may be illegal.

Russia considers a fine of up to 1.4 million yen for users of SpaceX's satellite Internet 'Starlink' --GIGAZINE

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